Trump’s Likely Pick for USDA Chief Scientist Ain’t A Scientist, Of Course

❝ The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.”

But Sam Clovis — who, according to sources with knowledge of the appointment and members of the agriculture trade press, is President Trump’s pick to oversee the section — appears to have no such credentials.

Clovis has never taken a graduate course in science and is openly skeptical of climate change. While he has a doctorate in public administration and was a tenured professor of business and public policy at Morningside College for 10 years, he has published almost no academic work.

❝ Clovis is better known for hosting a conservative talk radio show in his native Iowa and, after mounting an unsuccessful run for Senate in 2014, becoming a fiery pro-Trump advocate on television.

Being a conservative Christian mouthpiece for Agribusiness and reactionary corporate interests in general is good enough for our so-called president. Evidence-based scientific findings mean nothing to Trump, the chumps who voted for him, the political party which rolls over and sticks all four feet into the air when challenged to support pretty much anything on any issuie which would aid the lives of Americans who work for a living.

11 thoughts on “Trump’s Likely Pick for USDA Chief Scientist Ain’t A Scientist, Of Course

  1. New Norm says:

    “Into the unknown : Calculating when your climate will start to seem weird” https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/how-familiar-will-your-climate-be-in-a-few-decades/ “One way to think about climate change, as explored in a new study led by Victoria University of Wellington’s Dave Frame, is that temperature patterns eventually move out of the range you’re accustomed to. Weather and climate are naturally variable, but if the climate shifts, unusual conditions can become the new normal. The “unusual” end of the spectrum gets replaced with more extreme conditions than before.”

  2. Gene Moseley says:

    Your article was ok until the last paragraph. It’s that kind of demeaning comment that destroys your credibility and reveals you as a biased snowflake who resorts to name calling when you don’t get your way.

  3. gracie says:

    Yup. We’re all supposed to be polite to the pricks who want to halt progress in healthcare, education, communications and really unimportant stuff like global peace and environment. More important than actually doing stuff.

    • Rize or die says:

      Perhaps we wouldn’t be so polite if we saw these creatures for what they are; enablers, collaborators and traitors who are serving the equivalent of an alien race that’s hell-bent upon enslaving humanity and destroying our world.

  4. Meanwhile says:

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue released a proclamation May 1 that praised the nation’s schools for serving nutritious meals and committed to “provide significant technical assistance to schools as they continue to develop menus that are healthy and appealing to students,” but the statement also announced plans to undermine key standards that support child nutrition. http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2017/05/24/us-agriculture-secretary-promises-support-but-weaker-standards-for-school-meals See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Perdue#Alleged_conflicts_of_interest

  5. Newspeak says:

    “US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/07/usda-climate-change-language-censorship-emails According to emails obtained by the Guardian, Bianca Moebius-Clune, the USDA director of soil health, sent employees at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) a list of terms to avoid in the future. The NRCS is the federal office that oversees farmers’ land conservation.” https://qz.com/1048037/us-department-of-agriculture-employees-were-told-to-stop-using-terms-like-climate-change-and-greenhouse-gases/ In another email obtained by the Guardian, Jimmy Bramblett, deputy chief for programs at the NRCS, wrote to employees about a priority shift under the Trump administration: “It has become clear one of the previous administration’s priority is not consistent with that of the incoming administration. Namely, that priority is climate change.”

  6. Trimethylaminuria says:

    “This climate denier has a starring role in the Russia investigation.” http://grist.org/briefly/this-climate-denier-has-a-starring-role-in-the-russia-investigation/
    Sam Clovis — the man slated to become the USDA’s chief scientist — encouraged an advisor to the Trump campaign to meet with a Russian woman connected to Vladimir Putin.
    The Washington Post reports that in August of last year, Clovis encouraged a Trump foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, to attend an off-the-record meeting with Russian officials. “I would encourage you … make the trip, if it is feasible,” Clovis wrote. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whos-who-in-the-george-papadopoulos-court-documents/2017/10/30/e131158c-bdb3-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html
    Clovis was the campaign’s chief policy adviser and national co-chairman. He was responsible for recruiting Carter Page, another campaign advisor under scrutiny. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/the-mystery-of-trumps-man-in-moscow-214283 Clovis is reportedly a “cooperative witness” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/31/sam-clovis-senate-russia-investigation-244370
    As a talk-radio host, Clovis claimed that climate change is unproven junk science. He has called progressives “liars, race traders, and race ‘traitors,’” and wrote that “LGBT behavior” is a choice.
    Congress is set to begin confirmation hearings for Clovis’ USDA position on Nov. 9.

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